A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Reviewed by R. Yelk, February 2020

The day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone, and will share the next, most tense few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters, all with different views of the clinic.

This book is geared toward a more mature audience since it does mention serious topics, like abortion, and all different points of view on those topics.